Top Pelosi deputy doesn’t know if Dems have votes for health care

Rep. George Miller, California Democrat and one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s closest allies, was furiously working his cell phone and blackberry outside the Capitol around 1 p.m., as most House Democrats began a caucus meeting.

Amid reports that Pelosi has said she has the votes to pass a health care bill if they voted today, Miller appeared to be more uncertain about the prospects for that.

Asked if Democrats have the votes for a bill, Miller said, “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

“I’m doing this,” he said, motioning to his blackberry and shooing me away.

Miller’s comments only reinforce that the state of play remains, more than anything, uncertain, as we wrote this morning. Pelosi’s office told me basically the same thing, as they wait for reconciliation language and a CBO preliminary score, which they do not think will come today.

And here is our latest count of responses from the 38 House Dems who voted no in November.

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  • tomdoff

    That’s what makes voting so much fun. If you were sure of the outcome, what would be the point? I mean, you never know. Some day there may be a congressperson who just doesn’t stay bought.

  • patrick

    Health insurance company profits were about 2.2% of revenue last year. Profits on carbon credits were 100%. I say lets tax these obscene profits of carbon credit companies.

    Or we can tax Coach, the purse maker. 21% profit margin. are you democrats saying that rich people having purses is more important then public health? are you? How about Paychex… 26% profit margin. So democrats are just fine with a company saving money by outsourcing, Yes OUTSOURCING payroll. Instead of public health. Wow democrats are for outsourcing.

    libs ~ are you begining to see how stupid this logic is?

  • rick013

    Careful there. Remember the dimRATS lie. It’s in their very makeup – socialist scum. It would not surprise me if they have never read the Declaration of Independence and/or the Constitution. Their very actions indicate a resounding NO!

  • hurtzallot

    I seriously hope they force feed this Bill to the American people. I know of MANY in my community throughout their lives who were politically inactive – Lord and a quarter how things have now changed.

    People here, in mid-America, were willing to give this administration a chance with all their hype of hope and change UNTIL they awoke to how it’s change is going to actually affect them and their children/grandchildren – nobody wants any part of these radicals ‘fundamental transformation”.

    East Coast has shown their total rejection it’s just a matter of time before the rest of America gets our chance. Good-bye tone deaf fools!

  • adamincalifornia

    George Miller knows.

    he just hasn’t accepted reality yet.

    Willing suspension of disbelief.

    I wonder if those progressives who called themselves the “Reality Based Community” when Bush was in office are willing to get with reality yet?

    George Miller isn’t.

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  • thebigodoopedu2

    Maybe the white house will land on her 😐

  • thebigodoopedu2

    Recent photos of the wicked witch of the west is very tell all you can see the wickedness…will someone please douse her with a bucket of water? worked for Dorothy…